Epcot is different to any other theme park, it has a few rides, some cool experiences and food, lots and lots of lovely food! If you go expecting a theme park you’ll be shocked because its much more than that. Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow!
Built after Magic Kingdom, and at almost twice the size, Epcot is a strange old place indeed. It’s all really cool though, so read on to find out our top Epcot Advice.
“Part theme park, part all you can eat Experience, part learning. Epcot has it all”
When you walk into Epcot you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it’s ‘just another’ theme park, after all, you are initially greeted by the amazing giant ball containing the Spaceship Earth attraction but on closer inspection, you’ll notice it’s not all as it seems. For one there are no roller coasters in Epcot. STOP THE PRESS!!!!! Since this article was written in 2017 there have been lots of changes at Epcot. It is now 2022 and there is at least two ‘Coasters at Epcot now.
As you can see I have made both those ride links to YouTube Videos. Because of the Pandemic we have not had chance to ride these two new attractions at Epcot. So our Epcot Advice would be to watch both and see what you think. They both look brilliant and I know are at the cutting edge of ride technology.
The other rides are predominantly slow paced and educational. Exceptions include Soarin’ which is very cool and Frozen Ever After, a wonderful sleigh ride through Arendelle. You also have Test Track which has a exciting ending. You travel in your own designed car at over 60mph with the top down! So have a walk around and go on a few rides but the real attraction of Epcot are the different ‘Pavilions‘ that make up the World Showcase…
Each one is themed to represent a different country and each pavilion has attractions, restaurants, and shops that represent each country… So, for example, you can visit England and have fish and chips, drink in an English pub and meet Mary Poppins. You can also buy a London T-Shirt.
The Pavilions are made up of the following countries…
The pavilions surround a lake called World Showcase Lagoon and you can walk around either way. Now it’s a big lake so this can easily be 20,000 plus steps on your pedometer kind of day. We’ve always walked around anti-clockwise but I think that’s so we can get to France faster!
Why France? Well, it is home to the most wonderful Patisserie. See exhibit A!!!
But all the Pavilions have their own charm.
Ok on with my Top Epcot Advice.
- Turtle Talk with Crush is good fun but better for younger children. Same with Nemo and friends.
- The Coral Reef restaurant is overrated so don’t bother. (In fact now in 2022 I think it has closed. If you want to eat at a resturant in Epcot try Space 220.)
- Epcot is the only Disney Park that sells alcohol so you can have a drink as you meander around World Showcase.
- If you Fast Track IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth* then you’re best standing near Mexico for a fast exit if you’re planning on leaving the park immediately after the show.
*IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is a night-time show on World Showcase Lagoon. It has fireworks and some cool graphics. It’s at 9 pm. There is also a Sparkling Desert Party that you can book at an extra cost. This means you’ll get a VIP view, drinks, and tasty desserts. 2022 UPDATE. IllumiNations has now finsihed and been replaced with a brand new show called Harmonious. We’ve not had chance to see it yet but it looks incredible.
5. You should Fast pass Soarin’ if you can because it’s by far the best ride in Epcot. 2022 UPDATE!! Fastpasses are no more, it is now Genie Plus.
I think will have to be it for today as I’ve got a lot of work to do and this is just a hobby. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Epcot Advice.